February 10, 2018 Mark 9:2-6
“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.” vss. 2-3
The account of the Transfiguration in the gospels has a hint of Easter about it and almost seems out of place in the rhythm of Jesus’ ministry. It’s like a foretaste of what lay ahead for the disciples and they don’t have a clue what to make of it. Peter stammers out some nonsense about building three booths…as an extravert he just had to say something…and his suggestion is simply ignored. Only later on, would the disciples begin to understand that they had glimpsed eternal light. Occasionally those times come for followers of Jesus. Most of the time our journey is pretty mundane and not a lot changes from day to day. But then there’ll be a moment, a transcending wrinkle in time, when we catch a hint of light and life that is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. It could be a vision…or maybe a particularly intense instance of meditation…and we see the light! Like Peter, we may be inclined to try to capture the moment, to perhaps preserve it for future reflection–but our efforts don’t work. All too soon the experience is over and we’re back on the path with our old companions…and life goes on. But it won’t be the same! Even if we don’t understand, those glimpses are priceless, and give us energy to stay the course!
Thought for the Day: What leaves me speechless?